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Avery junior Juanita Guzman drives on a Hendersonville defender in last week’s lopsided victory over the Lady Bearcats. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-01-10 16:00:20
Last modified: 2013-01-10 16:00:20

Lady Vikings dominate Hendersonville to open New Year

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Avery Lady Vikings varsity basketball continued its recent dominance against the Hendersonville Lady Bearcats, starting fast out of the gate to open a double-digit lead and eventual 63-26 conference victory.

The Big Red opened the game with a 24-4 scoring run to seemingly put the Lady Bearcats away by early in the second period, but an 8-2 run by HHS cut Avery’s lead to 26-12 at halftime.

Guard play for AHS was paramount in the opening half, as guards Kelsie Clarke and Katie Rigdon tallied eight and seven points, respectively, in the first half.

AHS slammed the door on any hope of a Hendersonville comeback attempt, opening the third period with a 10-0 scoring spurt in the first three minutes to build a 24-point bulge. The Big Red outscored HHS 22-7 by quarter’s end to lead 48-19 as it cruised to the 37-point conference win, maintaining a perfect record at 3-0 in Western Highlands Conference contests.

Clarke paced Avery with 17 points. Bre Heaton poured in 10 points to give the Big Red a pair of players scoring double figures. Rigdon and Kylie Polsgrove scored nine points each, with four points each from Bethany Burleson, Juanita Guzman and Jodi Poore.

Aaliyah Waddell paced Hendersonville with 16 points, and was the only Lady Bearcats player to score more than five points.

Avery pushed its win streak to three games when it earned a win against Polk County earlier this week, and travels to Marshall this Friday, Jan. 11, to take on the club that eliminated Avery from last season’s conference tournament in the Madison Lady Patriots. A full report on these games can be found in next week's edition.